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Okay! So it’s not technically Christmas!
However, I am not a follower of strict seasonal reading; this is the second book in a series which I aim to read in chronological order; the book is only novella sized so quick and easy to slot into my reading; and, perhaps most importantly, in these dark times of ‘coronavirus’, a little light relief is just what I need!
The little fairy of a lady got up from her chair and motioned for Jemima to follow her. Jemima had visited Fairfax Hall since she was eight years old, when she and Flora were at prep school together, and she had thought that she knew the house pretty well. However, as she followed Granny Tinkerbell into the ancient and dusty library, she was surprised to find the old lady pushing open a door that had been concealed to look like a bookcase, and arriving in a room that Jemima had never known existed.
“No one comes in here usually,” said Granny Tinkerbell. “So it will be very musty, but I know Jessica said that she was going to dig out some pieces for you and Flora to choose from this evening. Why don’t we save her the trouble?” She winked at Jemima.
The room was musty and felt unused, but Jemima could sense that, despite Granny Tinkerbell’s assertions, someone had been in there recently. She had an incredibly good sense of smell, and there was a faint odour of cigarettes and coffee in the air. The Viscountess? Perhaps she’d come to put away the tiara that they’d picked up from Garrard, but Jessica Fairfax didn’t smoke and Jemima wondered when she would have had time to travel to this remote part of the house to deposit the piece she was no doubt wearing later that night.
The old lady made her way over to what looked like a large portrait sketch by Reubens.
“Is that a…?
“Yes,” she replied as she looked back at Jemima with a smile. “It was in my family. I wanted to have it in my room, but my son thought it wasn’t safe to have it there, so it’s here until I die! I’m leaving it to Flora, but you mustn’t tell her.” The enormous portrait turned out to be on a very well-balanced runner – tiny Granny Tinkerbell slid it and its frame back with little effort to reveal a safe door. She twisted the lock twice and the door clicked open, but she had difficulty in opening the heavy door …
If you still need to know more, check out those all important opening lines and author Josie Goodbody’s great Guest Post, “The Protagonists Of My Novels” – here.
Just to help you get everything into some context – check out the premise below.
THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION – (Jemima Fox mysteries book #2)
Whilst there she discovers the story of the Duchess of Windsor’s stolen jewels and solves the mystery of their whereabouts, in a thrilling race against the clock on Christmas Eve.
With tiaras, white tie dinners, a kidnapping and horse chases through the snow – The Christmas Connection is the ultimate Christmas mystery.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at ‘The Purple Booker‘. Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!